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Venice has no shortage of palaces-turned-museums thanks to its prosperous past as a wealthy trade center from medieval times through the Renaissance. The stately marble palazzi that line the Grand Canal are basically works of art themselves, filled with antiquities and hand painted frescoes by some of Italy’s greatest masters.
But this city of waterside mansions and picturesque canals has more to offer than Baroque architecture and gilded attractions. Every two years, the canals and historic buildings of La Serenissima become the backdrop to La Biennale—one of the most prestigious and forward thinking events in the contemporary art world, and by far one of the best things to do in Venice.
From galleries filled with modern masterpieces, artisan craftsmanship and historic palaces, here are the best museums in Venice.